Moore citizens may qualify for electric bill help

Any Moore County citizen can pick up a Project Help brochure at the Lynchburg DREMC office located at 697 Main Street. {Photo Provided}

MOORE COUNTY — Job losses, standstills, employment uncertainties … the COVID-19 pandemic is creating economic struggles for many Moore County citizens … even those who usually have no problem paying their monthly bills … and Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative (DREMC) wants to help.

DREMC along with matching dollars from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently partnered with the Moore County Senior Citizen’s to deliver Moore County’s part in electric bill assistance through Project Help.

“Helping Duck River Electric members during difficult times makes a difference to the families who are struggling,” added DREMC President and CEO Scott Spence. “With support from Project HELP, many are receiving assistance with electric bill payments as economic challenges continue.”

Project HELP is an emergency residential energy assistance program overseen by local charity organizations in seven counties served by DREMC. For three decades, the program has received support through generous monthly and one-time donations from members and employees, who have given more than $214,000 over the past five years to the program. Recently, program funding was boosted as DREMC donated $30,000, which was matched by Tennessee Valley Authority through its COVID-19 Community Care Fund, making a total of $60,000 available to help cooperative members who qualify for Project HELP assistance.

Locally DREMC partners with Moore County Senior Center to offer Project HELP assistance year-round with electric bills.

To apply for electric bill assistance through Project HELP, visit the Moore County Senior Center at 87 High Street in Lynchburg. Normal hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you need to speak to someone at the organization, call 931-759-7317 or 931-703-1014.

“If you are unable to pay the electric bill, remember that Project HELP may provide part or all of the solution,” said Spence.•

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TVA, DREMC partner to keep the lights on in Moore County

STATE NEWS — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) are doing their part to make sure the lights stay on.

On Thursday, TVA announced their intention to extend $1 billion of credit support to local power companies, like Duck River, to give utilities more flexibility in working with customers during the COVID-19-related financial crunch. TVA will defer a portion of any power cooperative or local power company’s monthly TVA wholesale power payment throughout the COVID-19 response.

DREMC also confirmed its commitment to the community on March 19 by announcing that it has stopped disconnections for non-payment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These actions were taken in recognition of the financial hardships some members may face due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand electricity is essential for the health and safety of you and your family during these difficult times.” said Duck River Electric Membership Corporation President and CEO Scott Spence.

Moore County residents will continue to receive regular monthly bills and DREMC says that continued payments by those who can pay will be important to keeping future electrics prices low.

“We cannot solve many of today’s national or international problems, but we want to do what we can to help you,” Spence said.

DREMC posted an employee video on their Facebook page on Friday to explain the changes and put customer’s minds at ease. You can view that video by clicking here. Questions? Contact the DREMC Lynchburg office at 931-759-7344. •

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TVA releasing water at Tims Ford

LOCAL NEWS — It’s great weather for daffodils and ducks but water levels are reaching maximum capacity at Tims Ford Lake. As such, TVA announced today that they’ll be releasing water at Tims Ford Dam until further notice.

So far in February, the Tims Ford Dam rain gauge recorded 9.1 inches of rain. That’s after an also wet January of over eight inches of rain in Moore County. And more rain is on it’s way.

The Huntsville National Weather Service office reports that Moore County remains under a Flash Flood Watch until 6 p.m. tonight. Rain will begin again Tuesday night and heavy rainfall is expected Wednesday including a risk of severe thunderstorms. Saturated top soil and gusty winds on Wednesday could topple trees, resulting in power outages.

As always, locals should use extreme caution on all local water bodies due to high rainfall amounts but especially those below the dam, like the Elk River, where water levels and water flow rates can change quickly.

For more information on TVA lake levels, visit their website or download the TVA Lake Info App on both iPhone and Android. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

TVA releasing water ahead of weekend rain

Water from Tims Ford Lake spills into the Elk River early Wednesday morning. TVA plans to release water until further notice. {Lynchburg Times Photo}

LOCAL NEWS — According to the rain gauges at Tims Ford Reservoir, December was a wet one in Moore County. Over six inches of rain poured into area creeks, streams, rivers, and lakes. Since January 1, another 2.78 inches has fallen and according the National Weather Service, a strong storm system will impact the Tennessee Valley and southern, middle Tennessee this weekend with locally heavy rain.

Tims Ford Lake levels are high and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to release water at the dam until further notice. This means boaters and sports fisherman, especially those who frequent the Elk River, should be cautious. Large amounts of water can discharge without notice.

Tims Ford wasn’t the only spillway to start releasing water. According to the TVA, they opened the majority of their 49 dams this week in order to draw down upstream reservoirs ahead of this weekends expected rain storm, which could dump another three to five inches of rain.

For more information on TVA lake levels, visit their website or download the TVA Lake Info App on both iPhone and Android. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}